There is a line of economic and political thought that goes like this: Gross Domestic Product is tied to Energy consumption. The more energy used in the pursuit of economic improvement, the higher Gross Domestic Product.
Then, I read this, "since 1990, Denmark has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent. Over the same time frame, Danish energy consumption has stayed constant and Denmark’s gross domestic product has grown by more than 40 percent."
First, this is an amazing statement, and an even more amazing accomplishment. Second, it makes me want to go visit Denmark, the country of my Grandfather, even more. And third, it's a great example of how wrong commonly accepted wisdom can be.
Question commonly accepted wisdom. Your job hunt, your recruiting work, and indeed, your business need you to think differently than those who have gone before, more now than any other time in in the last 6 decades.
BTW, the source of this quote is The Copenhagen That Matters, and thank you once again Mr. Friedman!